Today in Texas History (Part 2)

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Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 219

1954-10-18 - Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
1956-04-26 - First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
1956-08-30 - White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
1957-06-27 - Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
1957-11-02 - The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
1957-12-03 - 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
1958-08-21 - KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
1959-02-01 - Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
1960-08-18 - 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
1961-05-08 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
1961-09-15 - Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
1963-08-13 - US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US President John F. Kennedy 1963-11-21 - JFK flies to Texas
1963-11-22 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
1963-12-02 - 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
1964-03-14 - Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder
1965-11-27 - 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
1966-08-01 - Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas
1966-09-15 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
1967-09-05 - -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 1967-09-20 - Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
1968-01-04 - Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
1968-04-06 - HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
1969-08-30 - 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
1970-07-30 - -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
1970-09-12 - Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
1971-10-24 - Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
1972-08-11 - "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
1973-08-26 - University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
1974-09-07 - Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
1974-10-01 - "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
1974-10-01 - "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" horror film directed by Tobe Hooper is 1st released in the US
1974-10-30 - "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
1977-09-22 - Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" premieres in NYC
1978-02-14 - 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
1978-04-14 - WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
1978-05-02 - 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
1979-02-24 - Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
1979-04-10 - Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
1979-07-25 - 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
1979-11-01 - Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
1980-08-04 - -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
1981-01-28 - Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
1982-04-27 - 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots
1982-05-31 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 perfs
1982-07-05 - Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1982-07-15 - Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
1982-07-24 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 perfs
1982-11-22 - Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB, Texas
1982-12-07 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
1983-08-17 - -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1983-08-18 - Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
1983-08-19 - Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
1983-09-09 - Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
1983-11-12 - 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
1985-03-23 - Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
1985-04-13 - Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1985-05-13 - Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
1985-07-30 - Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
1985-11-06 - Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
1986-02-24 - Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
1986-05-20 - Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
1987-02-17 - Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
1987-05-22 - 30 killed in a Texas tornado
1988-03-01 - Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
1988-07-16 - San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
1988-09-10 - -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
1989-02-28 - Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
MLB Pitching Legend Nolan RyanMLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan 1991-05-01 - Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)
1991-10-16 - George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
1993-02-28 - Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
1993-03-01 - Authorities near Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
1993-04-19 - After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
1993-05-29 - Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
1993-10-27 - Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
1994-06-25 - 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
1994-06-26 - 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
1994-07-03 - The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people were killed in crashes.
Texan Revolutionary Sam HoustonTexan Revolutionary Sam Houston 1994-10-22 - Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas
1995-02-10 - Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
1996-08-21 - Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
1996-09-15 - Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
1996-09-28 - Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
1996-09-29 - Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)
1997-05-02 - Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
1997-05-28 - Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
1997-10-04 - Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
1998-01-14 - Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
1998-02-03 - Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
Talk show host Oprah WinfreyTalk show host Oprah Winfrey 1998-02-26 - Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen
1998-06-07 - James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
1999-09-08 - US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"
1999-11-18 - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
2000-03-27 - Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
2000-12-13 - The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins
2000-12-24 - The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
2001-06-05 - Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
2002-10-31 - A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
2003-05-12 - Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
2003-05-22 - In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 316

1933-10-26 - Suzy Parker, model/actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas
1933-11-25 - Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
1934-02-27 - Van Williams, Fort Worth, Texas, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon)
1934-03-11 - Sam Donaldson, El Paso Texas, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time)
1934-06-01 - Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
1934-11-10 - Norm Cash, Eldorado Texas, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers)
Racing Driver A. J. FoytRacing Driver A. J. Foyt (1935-01-16) 1935-01-16 - A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas
1935-08-18 - Rafer Johnson, Hillsboro Texas, decathlete (Olympics-gold-60)
1935-08-20 - Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
1935-09-19 - Robert Kruger, (Sen-D Texas)
1936-02-21 - Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
1936-06-03 - Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986), born in Archer City, Texas
1936-09-07 - Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], Lubbock Texas, American musician (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day), (d. 1959)
1937-05-09 - Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
1938-04-10 - Don Meredith, Mount Vernon Texas, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football
Singer-songwriter Buddy HollySinger-songwriter Buddy Holly (1936-09-07) 1938-06-21 - Ron Ely, Hereford, Texas, American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage)
1938-08-21 - Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas
1938-10-26 - Charles W Stenholm, (Rep-D-Texas, 1979- )
1938-11-06 - P J Proby, [James Marcus Smith], American rocker, born in Houston, Texas
1939-04-07 - Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
1939-05-18 - Glen Hardin, Texas, rocker (Crickets)
1939-05-27 - Don Williams, Floydada Texas, country singer (I Believe in You)
1939-12-29 - Ed Bruce, Keiser Arkansas, country singer
1940-01-04 - Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
1940-05-19 - Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
1940-07-07 - Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
1940-07-19 - Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], El Paso Texas, singer (Let it Be Him)
Country Singer Kenny RogersCountry Singer Kenny Rogers (1938-08-21) 1940-07-26 - Dobie Gray, Brookshire Texas, American singer (Drift Away)
1940-08-03 - Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
1940-08-19 - Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
1941-07-03 - Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
1941-10-12 - Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
1941-10-30 - Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
1941-11-01 - Joe Louis Caldwell, Texas City, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1964)
1941-11-01 - Robert Foxworth, actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein), born in Houston, Texas
1941-11-06 - Doug Sahm, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), born in San Antonio, Texas
1942-01-21 - Mac Davis, Lubbock, Texas, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)
1942-07-08 - Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy RicheyTennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey (1942-08-23) 1942-08-23 - Nancy Richey Gunther, San Angelo Texas, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66)
1942-08-26 - John E Blaha, USAF/astronaut (STS 29, 33, 43, 58, 79/81), born in San Antonio, Texas
1942-10-22 - Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
1942-12-30 - Michael Nesmith, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Houston, Texas
1943-01-19 - Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)
1943-01-24 - Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas
1943-03-17 - Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
1943-04-06 - Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
Actress and Murder Victim Sharon TateActress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate (1943-01-24) 1943-04-29 - Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
1943-07-16 - Jimmy Johnson, Port Arthur Texas, NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins)
1943-07-22 - Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas
1943-09-03 - Valerie Perrine, Galveston, Texas, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny)
1943-09-19 - Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
1943-10-07 - Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
1943-12-18 - Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
1944-03-07 - Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
1944-08-15 - Linda Ellerbee, Bryan Texas, newscaster (Weekend, NBC Overnight)
NFL Head Coach Jimmy JohnsonNFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson (1943-07-16) 1944-08-27 - G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)
1944-11-26 - Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)
1945-05-30 - Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas
1945-08-14 - Steve Martin, American comedian and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas
1945-10-02 - Frank Tejeda, (Rep-D-Texas)
1945-10-09 - Jeannie C Riley, Texas, singer (Harper Valley PTA, Hee Haw)
1945-10-12 - Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
1945-10-26 - Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
1945-11-16 - Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
Actor and Comedian Steve MartinActor and Comedian Steve Martin (1945-08-14) 1946-04-01 - William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas
1946-07-06 - George W. Bush Jr, New Haven, Connecticut, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX)
1946-08-15 - Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
1946-09-02 - Billy Preston, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas
1947-01-31 - Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)
1947-02-02 - Farrah Fawcett, Texas, actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed)
1947-04-08 - Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
1947-07-21 - Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
Actress Farrah FawcettActress Farrah Fawcett (1947-02-02) 1947-10-17 - Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
1947-11-19 - Lamar Smith, (Rep-R-Texas)
1948-02-08 - Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
1948-06-19 - Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
1948-07-12 - Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], Kermit, Texas, American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown)
1948-12-06 - JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
1948-12-25 - Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
1949-01-10 - George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)
Boxing Champ George ForemanBoxing Champ George Foreman (1949-01-10) 1949-01-10 - Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
1949-02-02 - Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
1949-06-11 - Frank Beard, Frankston Texas, US country rock drummer (ZZ Top)
1949-07-07 - Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas
1949-09-15 - Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
1949-11-25 - Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
1949-12-02 - Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
1949-12-16 - Billy Gibbons, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
Actress Shelley DuvallActress Shelley Duvall (1949-07-07) 1950-01-16 - Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
1950-03-04 - Rick Perry, American politican, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
1950-04-09 - Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
1950-08-07 - Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
1950-10-01 - Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
1951-05-03 - Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
1951-05-03 - Chris Cross, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"), born in San Antonio, Texas
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike WeaverWBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver (1951-06-13) 1951-06-13 - Mike Weaver, Gatesville Texas, WBA World Heavyweight Champion
1951-09-04 - Judith Ivey, El Paso Texas, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again)
1951-09-08 - Randy T Odle, Port Arthur Texas, astronaut
1951-11-24 - Chet Edwards, (Rep-D-Texas)
1952-02-27 - Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas

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